Holiday Orchid Care

Orchids have become favorite holiday gifts. Moth Orchids are as common as Poinsettias. So if you receive an orchid gift for the holidays, what should you do with it?

Tolumnia flower, Pacific Orchid Expo 2008Cattleya flower close up, Akatsuka Orchids, Volcano, HawaiiDendrobium hybrid, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou, Hawaii

Moth Orchid flowers and buds, Pacific Orchid Expo 2012Moth Orchid flowers, Akatsuka Orchids, Volcano, HawaiiEpidendrum flowers, Kawamoto Orchids, Honolulu, Hawaii

Fortunately, orchids are easy with a few basic guidelines. Check the tips below to help your orchid thrive and bloom for years to come.

What kind? –  It helps to identify your orchid to understand its care needs better. Most orchids sold today are Phals, or Moth Orchids. Other popular varieties include Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and Paphs.

Light – Place your orchid where it will receive bright light. During winter, direct sun is ok, but move orchids into shadier conditions for spring.

Humidity – All orchids need moisture in the air. Dry air quickly wilts flowers, weakens plants, and attracts pests. Raise humidity by grouping plants together, or placing your orchid in a humid area, like a bathroom or kitchen. Some growers use a cool mist humidifier, or spray regularly with a mister. It’s helpful to place flowerpots on trays of pebbles with water, always keeping the pots above the water level.

Watering – When watering, give your orchid a thorough soaking. Use enough room-temperature water to flow out of the holes in the bottom of the pot. Let it drain completely, and don’t let the plant sit in water. Moth Orchids should be watered regularly in spring and summer, but can stay a little drier in winter.

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2 Comments on “Holiday Orchid Care”

  1. Jordan Carranza Says:

    Hey whats up this was kind of interesting, but I mostly like the pictures.

  2. Tory Says:

    Thanks for the useful information,
    The flowers are so nice